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Exploring the San Joaquin Valley: A Land of Change and Promise

December 4 - 6, 2013

Grantmakers In Health, along with Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable CommunitiesGrantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and RefugeesHealth and Environmental Funders Network, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders will be hosting the learning tour Exploring the San Joaquin Valley: A Land of Change and Promise, December 4-6 in Fresno, California.  


There is a $250 registration fee to attend the tour, which includes meals and site visits. Registration closes November 25

To register, click here. Additional logistics information can be found here.


A block of rooms is available at the Picadilly Inn Shaw, for $75 a night plus tax. To make reservations call 559.348.5520. Be sure to mention the group booking code SAFSF to ensure you get the correct rate.  


Wednesday, December 4th

8:00 a.m. Early Registration
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Optional site visit: Fresno as a Study in Contrasts
This tour of Fresno will showcase the City’s efforts to build new, mixed income, multi-family developments, revitalize its downtown, harness the benefits of high speed rail, and support community revitalization in low-income communities by engaging citizens in the planning process. The tour will also showcase some of the open space and rich agricultural lands along the San Joaquin River that are at risk of sprawl development.
3:00 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m. Formal welcome and opening – Philanthropic Engagement in the Valley
6:30 p.m. Reception and dinner/networking evening

Thursday, December 5th

Breakfast & morning sessions:

  • The People of the Valley
  • Building Healthy, Equitable Communities
  • Health and Wellbeing: What’s at Stake?
  • Keeping Agriculture Vibrant

Afternoon site visits: 3 different options

  • Community Leadership
  • Health and Community
  • Immigration and Agriculture

Evening: Reception/dinner/program: How to create just development for all?

Friday, December 6th

Breakfast and morning session at hotel – still under development


For more information about the tour, please contact Virginia Clark, Executive Director, SAFSF, vclarke@safsf.org; Tel: (805) 687-0551; or Nina Bohlen, Western Program Consultant, TFN, ninabohlen@fastmail.net; Tel: (510) 444-5542.


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